and Introduction to the expedition route:
24- July 15, 2013
Travel is to Spiti, the Trans-Himalayan region of North India on the western edge of the Tibetan Plateau. Known as the ancient Tibetan kingdom of 'Guge', Spiti's average elevation varies between 11,000 and 14,500 feet.
This is the heart and soul of Himalayan Buddhism, with ancient monasteries dating back to 9th and 10th centuries. This part of the Himalayas is inhabited by descendents of BonPas. Religion rules the lives of these gentle, hard working people and karma guides daily life.
Our Trans-Himalayan expedition begins at Shimla, the former summer capital of British India and home of author Rudyard Kipling, and passes though ancient Buddhist villages and monasteries as we drive through the Greater Himalayan ranges and onto the Trans-Himalayan region of Spiti. We travel through ancient settlements of Nako, Tabo, Kaza, Kibber and finally through Manali before descending to Dharamsala, home to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and Tibetans in exile. This expedition includes a 10-day, one hour daily yoga and meditation class.